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Old 06-12-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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How hard would it be to swap a VX engine & tranny into a 4 door civic?

I've been looking for a Civic VX for a while now and haven't found any in decent shape so I was thinking of building my own. I need something with lower miles and better fuel economy then my truck. I'm fairly mechanical but this would be my first engine swap so I wanted to get an idea of what I am getting into.

I was thinking about starting with a 94-95 (dual airbags) DX or LX (lighter then the EX) with a manual transmission, preferably something with a straight body and either high miles or a damaged engine/transmission.

Would this be a fairly straight forward drop in swap?
Has anyone done this and what kind of mileage did you get?
Will it be harder to do the swap on a 4 door then a coupe/hatch back?
Can anyone point me to a writeup on someone else's swap? I did an internet search and found a few CRX and late 80s Civic swaps but nothing from 92-95.

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It's not too hard, I've seen a few do it. Main issue is wiring...I say go for it.

Where will you be getting the z1?
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
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if you get an engine thats 96+ and try to put it into a 95 or below car. your gona run into some wiring issues...
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:14 PM   #4
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The OBDII wiring isn't that bad for the hondas, but he's talking all obdI anyway.
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You are in the same boat as me. I have been looking for a VX for a while with no luck.
I just got my hands on a 93 DX couple, with a blown engine, for next to nothing. I plan to swap in a VX engine and trans.
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It's not too hard, I've seen a few do it. Main issue is wiring...I say go for it.

Where will you be getting the z1?
What problems will I run into with wiring?

There is a guy locally selling a complete swap that I am checking on. If that doesn't work out I will probably get one online.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:53 PM   #7
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Just adding the VX wiring to the stock harness. Won't be too bad, but you should keep it in mind.
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Just adding the VX wiring to the stock harness. Won't be too bad, but you should keep it in mind.
Is anything different besides the O2 sensor?
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O2 sensor and EGR control, that is all I can think of off hand.
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